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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Dudes, we are officially in Central Oregon’s busy time of year, musically speaking. Here’s what’s up.

Bend’s beloved rock ‘n’ roll bar with the creepy hunting lodge aesthetic — The Horned Hand — is closing Saturday night after two years of business. They’ll end with an excellent lineup of bands including locals The Rural Demons and The Kronk Men, plus Chicago garage-pop band Outer Minds. I spoke with Brian Costello of Outer Minds about his band’s only other show at the Hand, among other things.

“That tour, our van had broken down like three or four times. In Los Angeles, we got to play for 10 minutes before they cut us off because they had booked … some kind of Korean rave party,” he said. “So much went wrong.

“So we get to Bend and we had no idea what to expect. We’d never been there. And everyone was so friendly and receptive, and we just had such a great time there,” he said. “After all those things that went wrong, we just felt very welcome and relaxed and ready to play. It was a wonderful time.”

It was a wonderful show, too. The band was in fine form, chugging through its upbeat brand of fuzzy garage-pop, highlighted by exuberant boy-girl vocals (courtesy Mary McKane, Gina Lira and frontman Zach Medearis), ultra-catchy melodies that sound imported straight from the psychedelic ’60s, and, maybe most of all, the buoyant charm of McKane’s 1967 Farfisa organ, which gives the whole sound an authentically vintage feel.

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing.

Also in this week’s music section: Steve Miller Band brings its bevy of hits back to Bend, Ziggy Marley returns to town, The Pitchfork Revolution kicks off the summer concert series at Angeline’s Bakery, Marcus Eaton plays Volcanic Theatre Pub, The Sound Garden ramps up its schedule beginning with a pop show Sunday and a metal show Monday, DJ P hits the decks at Liquid Lounge Saturday night, Krafty Kuts does the same on Thursday and more, more, more.

And not in this week’s music section: Portland indie-folk-pop band Blind Pilot headlines the Hullabaloo tonight in Bend’s Northwest Crossing neighborhood. Hot Buttered Rum, Jackstraw, Mosley Wotta, Tony Smiley and more are playing the Bite of Bend Saturday and Sunday.

The Shins, Beck to kick off Les Schwab Amphitheater’s concert season in May

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Remember yesterday when I said I’d parse the Sasquatch festival lineup for clues about who might play Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater on Memorial Day weekend?

Well, it may be too late for that.

Today, the amphitheater announced two concerts early in its 2012 season. The details:

The Shins
with Blind Pilot and The Head and The Heart

Friday, May 25
$35 plus fees in advance, $38 day of show
Tickets on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, special online presale Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Presale password: rivershow)

with Metric

Sunday, May 27
$41 plus fees in advance, $43 day of show
Tickets on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, special online presale Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Presale password: rivershow)

Tickets will be available via, and The Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District will be open Friday and Saturday and will offer a locals’ deal: The first 300 tickets purchased with cash will save on service charges.

This is terrific news for the amphitheater and the summer concert season as a whole. Now the question is: Will the Schwab be able to get someone for Saturday, May 26 and, if so, who? Based on the Sasquatch lineup, the reasonable guesses include Jack White, Bon Iver, Tenacious D and perhaps Pretty Lights.

[Video] Blind Pilot at the Tower Theatre

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

(We’ve got some catching up to do here at Frequency, where posts have become too infrequent recently. So here’s part one of “Better Late Than Never Week.” Today’s episode: Blind Pilot videos.)

No doubt about it, Blind Pilot — fast-rising, Portland-based creators of genial, gentle indie-folk-pop — is a well-oiled musical machine. Frontman Israel Nebeker writes catchy, compelling songs. His six-piece band is a highly skilled amalgam of moving parts that somehow finds a nice balance between breathless urgency and measured restraint. On stage, they seem humble and likable; they do their jobs with an easy, understated grace that’s hard to find in a world where bands must increasingly rely on bells and whistles (in addition to — sometimes instead of — songs and skills) to get noticed in an overpopulated music scene.

But for whatever reason, Blind Pilot doesn’t resonate with me. I recognize their considerable strengths, but can’t personally connect with what they do so well. And that’s OK. Lots of people can. Lots of people love them, as evidenced by the large crowd that showed up to their show Wednesday night at the Tower Theatre. It was the best-attended concert so far in the wonderful PDXchange Program series, and the band’s first show since they played two nights at the spacious, 780-capacity Wonder Ballroom back in December.

Facts are facts: Blind Pilot is a much bigger band/draw than my brain seems to think they are. And they’re going to get even bigger when their new album comes out next year, for all those reasons I listed above. Because in this missed connection, it’s not them, it’s me.

(Before we get to the videos, one note: In Friday’s GO! Magazine, I wrote a little review of Bend artist Sara Jackson-Holman’s performance at MusicfestNW and noted her occasional nervousness on stage. That was true when I wrote it, and will probably be true in the near future. But during Jackson-Holman’s set opening for Blind Pilot at the Tower, jitters were few and far between. It was the best set I’ve seen from her so far, with covers of Leonard Cohen and the Postal Service sprinkled among songs from her debut album “When You Dream.”)

Here’s Blind Pilot playing a new song, which they declined to name when asked by someone in the audience.

And here’s “Go On, Say It” from the breakthrough album “3 Rounds and a Sound.”

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Leif James performs at the 2009 Bend Roots Revival.

It’s Bend Roots Revival weekend! Our town’s foremost celebration of local music (and other arts) moves to a new home this year, the Century Center at the corner of Century Drive and Commerce Avenue, just behind the old Brightwood Mill building. This week’s GO! has all the info you need to enjoy the festival to the fullest:

–A story on Roots founder Mark Ransom, Century Center owner Dave Hill, and how the two came together to give the event a new home
–A full schedule of performances
–A breakdown of the lineup, including when and where you can get the best bang for your buck, depending on what kind of Roots experience (rootsy, rockin’, eclectic, kid-friendly, etc.) you want

Bend Roots isn’t your only solid option tonight, either. Over at the Domino Room, agit-punks Against Me! will bring their arena-ready pop hooks and deadly earnest outlook on life to Bend’s disaffected youth. To quote a friend of mine: “The idea of standing around with a bunch of kids that think they can change the world with their ‘zine sort of bums me out.” Me too! But the idea of going and pumping my fist along with songs like this one sounds totally awesome! Anyway, read my colleague David Jasper’s take on the band’s career(ism) by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Blind Pilot plays the PDXchange Program at the Tower Theatre, a bunch of local teen bands are going to play a benefit at CAT6 Video Lounge, and Redmond High School hosts an ABBA tribute! Need more options? Check out The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

PDXchange Program adds three dates: The Thermals, Blind Pilot, Laura Veirs/Weinland

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Henry Abel’s PDXchange Program, which brings Portland-based indie bands to the Tower Theatre, picked up some serious momentum last night when Abel announced his next three shows:

Sept. 8 — The Thermals
Sept. 29 — Blind Pilot
Oct. 27 — Laura Veirs and Weinland

What a score for PDXchange. The Thermals and Blind Pilot — two very different bands — are the series’ biggest names yet. Blind Pilot will play the Tower just weeks after a slot at the gigantic Austin City Limits Festival in Texas, and a year after the brought some indie-pop flavor to the Sisters Folk Festival. And political punk-poppers The Thermals will play Bend the day after their new album, “Personal Life,” is released.

Plus … how cool is it gonna be to see The Thermals at the Tower Theatre!?

Not to mention, both Veirs and Weinland frontman Adam Shearer are brilliant songwriters and terrific performers.

Man, that is a solid lineup of shows. Kudos, Henry. Anyway, local openers will be added and sale dates for tickets will be announced, and you can be among the first to get that kind of information by signing up for PDXchange’s mailing list at the website.

September 11 in GO! Magazine

Friday, September 11th, 2009

I’m going to level with you, Frequency readers: This week, I went a little nutso with the Sisters Folk Festival coverage. But there’s a good reason for that, and that reason is this: The 2009 Sisters Folk Festival’s lineup is its best yet (where “yet” = “in the four years I’ve been covering it”). I picked out three very different artists and wrote features on each of them, but if time and space were no object, I would’ve liked to have given the same treatment to another half-dozen folk fest performers.

But time and space does matter, and here’s what’s in GO! Magazine today:

-Peter Rowan played extensively with both Bill Monroe and Jerry Garcia. Think about that. Pretty cool. I got a few stories out of him.

-Blind Pilot’s profile has risen fast over the past year, and I’d be willing to be they’re not done rising. Read up on them right here.

-Local gal Anastacia Beth Scott has a new album, a spot on the folk fest’s schedule, and a fast-maturing songwriting style. Life is good.

-Here’s the festival’s full schedule, as well as all the info you need on tickets.

And in case you missed it yesterday, I’ve compiled a mixtape of 17 songs by folk fest artists to help you make your decisions on who to see. You can download it for free by clicking here.

-The Underground welcomes its first big out-of-town act when the rock/pop/hip-hop duo HardNox performs Saturday night.

-Blues fans should be licking their chops about Hill Country Revue coming to town. This North Mississippi Allstars side project does it down, dirty and Delta.

-This is crazy: Silver Moon Brewing is hosting acts from France, Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska this week. Read all about the road-weary rockers here.

In other news, we’ve got a review of reggae-hop dude (and former Bendite) Matisyahu’s new album, my colleague Patrick Cliff checked out the annual Dixieland festival in La Pine, and something or other happened with The Beatles, a band I’ve totally heard of.

All those Sisters Folk Festival articles should be free and available to anyone. The others might be for subscribers only. But whatever you’re interested in, you should grab a print copy of The Bulletin today to see the groovy rendering of Sisters by Greg Cross on the cover of GO! Magazine.

some music for your Monday blahs…

Monday, May 18th, 2009

It’s hard to come back to work after a weekend as glorious as that one, isn’t it? What a beautiful couple of days in Central Oregon.

Now, though, I’m back at my desk, and there’s a big, stupid window right next to me, teasing me with oodles of warm sunshine.

Here’s how I’m consoling myself:

-New Jersey indie-rock kingpins The Wrens have some new songs on their MySpace. With three albums in 15 years, these dudes move slower than just about anyone, so fresh material is always welcome.

-The live-session site HearYa has several perfect-sounding songs from Portland’s fast-rising acoustic-pop band Blind Pilot. Gorgeous.

-New Modest Mouse songs are starting to show up. Stereogum has one here, and right here is the new video for “Satellite Skin.” The band has a new compilation of b-sides and unreleased tracks coming out this summer.

-If you spend any time at all on music blogs, you’ll undoubtedly see that prog-metal heroes Mastodon played “Oblivion” on Letterman the other night. Don’t watch it. The music sounds OK, but the vocals are a mess. Instead, watch this much-better-sounding performance:

OK, I think that’s all. I’m going to try to duck out of here early to watch the new “Star Trek” movie! Because … sitting in a dark theater is one way to enjoy the weather? Uh …